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Caribbean women recommit to advocating for diversity

October 18, 2014
Caribbean women recommit to advocating for diversity PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Advocates for lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues in the Caribbean have been encouraged to commit to enhance their advocacy at the second Caribbean Women and Sexual Diversity Conference. Staged in Paramaribo, Suriname, the CWSDC is organised by...

FAO Caribbean head highlights importance of policy in revitalizing regional agriculture

October 16, 2014
FAO Caribbean head highlights importance of policy in revitalizing regional agriculture PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The critical role of policy development and implementation in the process of revitalizing agriculture sectors in the region was highlighted in a workshop on governance and public policy held last week at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2014 in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour

October 16, 2014
Caribbean nations pledge robust efforts against child labour LIMA, Peru -- At a United Nations-backed regional conference held in Lima, Peru, 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries on Wednesday announced the launch of an initiative that bolsters efforts to combat child labour, and achieve the goal of total eradication by 2020.

The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery

October 14, 2014
The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are tons of films about slavery, but how many films have you seen making a case for reparations for slavery? Out of slavery itself film producer Karen Marks Mafundikwa of Jamaica has brought this prized and rare possession to the Caribbean and the world.

CRFM hopes US reject petition to ban import of Caribbean conch

October 14, 2014
CRFM hopes US reject petition to ban import of Caribbean conch PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says that it hopes data it supplied to the United States would convince authorities there not to list the queen conch as an endangered species, as a non-governmental organisation from Colorado has requested.

Tribute to veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan

October 13, 2014
Tribute to veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan I learnt of Rafiq Khan’s passing with a profound sense of sadness. He and I were rivals when we managed radio stations that competed for audiences and advertising revenue in the 1970s in an era where television did not exist and radio was the only form of electronic communication.

The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party

October 11, 2014
The Caribbean Writer's Volume 28 book launch party ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer invites the general public and the UVI community to the book launch of Volume 28 on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 6-9 pm in the Great Hall of the Albert Sheen Campus on St Croix. Volume 28 highlights time, place and memories. It features insightful and...

Caribbean agriculture head to quit by year-end

October 10, 2014
Caribbean agriculture head to quit by year-end PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Executive director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research Institute (CARDI), Dr Arlington Chesney has confirmed that he will leave the institute by the end of this year.  “I think I should leave. When I joined CARDI, I said I would come for three years, and it [has been] seven years.

Agricultural cooperation between Caribbean and Pacific regions moves forward

October 10, 2014
Agricultural cooperation between Caribbean and Pacific regions moves forward PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Inter-regional cooperation for agricultural and rural development has moved a step closer with the announcement that the Pacific region is planning to hold a regional week of agriculture in 2015. The event has been inspired by the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA).

FAO official says praedial larceny should be taken as seriously as climate change

October 9, 2014
FAO official says praedial larceny should be taken as seriously as climate change PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Praedial larceny should be taken as seriously as climate change, as the theft of agricultural produce can have a deleterious impact on the regional economy and the health of its citizens. Reuben Robertson, Food and Agriculture Organisation technical advisor to the...

The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories

October 9, 2014
The Caribbean Writer publishes Volume 28 issue, dedicated to Time, Place and Memories ST THOMAS, USVI -- The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has released Volume 28 of its international, literary journal, where the Caribbean imagination embraces the world. This volume is overflowing with brilliant, insightful, imaginative writings highlighting the concepts: Time, Place and Memories.

Caribbean Week of Agriculture focuses on family farming

October 7, 2014
Caribbean Week of Agriculture focuses on family farming PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA), the premier meeting of agriculture stakeholders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), opened in Paramaribo, Suriname, on Monday with a focus on family farming. The five-day meeting, which is being held under the theme...

CDB president to lead discussions on energy policy and energy security

October 7, 2014
CDB president to lead discussions on energy policy and energy security MIAMI, USA -- Regional policymakers will contemplate the alignment of policy to energy security on day two of the 2014 Caribbean Renewable Energy Conference which is set for October 6 – 8 in Miami. The conference is expected to assemble government and development partners.

Gender justice as a catalyst for youth development

October 7, 2014
Gender justice as a catalyst for youth development KINGSTON, Jamaica -- On September 30, 2014, the Caribbean region celebrated Caribbean Youth Day. The theme “Embracing Technology to promote innovative and sustainably conscious” presented a forum by which youth across the region were able to voice their concerns on a number...

Navigating Island Parenting: The Parent-Teacher Partnership

October 7, 2014
Navigating Island Parenting: The Parent-Teacher Partnership Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of reflections, insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This issue: The Parent - Teacher Relationship.

Commonwealth finance ministers to focus on funding Post-2015 development agenda

October 4, 2014
Commonwealth finance ministers to focus on funding Post-2015 development agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Commonwealth finance ministers will meet on October 8 to explore ways of financing the Post-2015 development agenda at a time when many countries are struggling to meet targets for combating poverty and improving the livelihoods of millions of their citizens.

Think about the coconut tree industry, regional value chain workshop told

September 30, 2014
Think about the coconut tree industry, regional value chain workshop told PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The curtains came down last Thursday on the two-day regional value chain workshop in Port of Spain, Trinidad. In a brief closing ceremony, Dr Arlington Chesney, executive director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) said...

Transatlantic slave trade memorial will send 'powerful message' for years to come

September 29, 2014
Transatlantic slave trade memorial will send 'powerful message' for years to come NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations took one more step on Friday towards constructing a permanent commemoration to the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade in what the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said would be “a message...

Region due for 'the big one', seismologist warns

September 27, 2014
Region due for 'the big one', seismologist warns BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Caribbean region is well overdue for a major earthquake, according to geological patterns that have been tracked for over a hundred years. "We will see in our region about three earthquakes of magnitude 5 in the year, and every three to five years we would get...

New UN resolution on safety of journalists

September 27, 2014
New UN resolution on safety of journalists PARIS, France (RSF) -- Reporters Without Borders has welcomed a new resolution on the safety of journalists that the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted on Thursday. Proposed by several countries, including France and Austria, it was co-sponsored by more than 90 countries.

CITES and FAO join forces to conserve queen conch

September 23, 2014
CITES and FAO join forces to conserve queen conch BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The FAO Subregional Office for the Caribbean and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have approved a project for joint capacity building for the implementation of decisions on regional cooperation on the management...

Commonwealth heads of government, foreign ministers to meet in New York

September 23, 2014
Commonwealth heads of government, foreign ministers to meet in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The 13th annual meeting of commonwealth foreign affairs ministers will take place in New York this week alongside the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. On Thursday, ministers will be briefed on priority development concerns of small states...

UWI and Canadian NGO to research private security in the Caribbean

September 20, 2014
UWI and Canadian NGO to research private security in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Concern regarding the proliferation of private security companies in Latin America and the Caribbean has led to discussions on collaborative research between the University of the West Indies (UWI), through its Institute of International Relations (IIR).

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September 13, 2014
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Child's rights are human rights, says gender rights advocate

September 12, 2014
Child's rights are human rights, says gender rights advocate BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Child’s rights are human rights. The rights of children within the Caribbean should be viewed as a way to curb the level of human rights violations that have been inflicted upon them, says regional gender rights advocate Felicia Browne. “Children have the right to live in a...

Russia welcomes outcomes of conference on small island developing states

September 6, 2014
Russia welcomes outcomes of conference on small island developing states APIA, Samoa -- The Russian Federation has welcomed the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa, and adoption of the final document – accelerated Modalities of SIDS Action ("Samoa Pathway"). It will give an additional impetus to...

IMF pledges continued partnership with SIDS in pursuit of sustainable economic development

September 6, 2014
IMF pledges continued partnership with SIDS in pursuit of sustainable economic development APIA, Samoa -- Min Zhu, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), pledged the institution’s continued support to small island developing states (SIDS) for their pursuit of sustainable economic development at the third United Nations International Conference on...

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